State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Acacia caesia (L.) Willd.

  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Vernacular names: Incha, ഈഞ്ച (Malayalam), Soap bark (English), Nikunjika (Sanskrit), Aila (Hindi), Incakkai (Tamil)
  • Distribution: Indo-Malesia
  • Description: Woody climbers. Leaves pinnae 5-8 pairs. Heads terminal panicle. Pods oblong, flat, acuminate at both ends, marginate.
  • Habit: Climbers/Lianas
  • Habitat: Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
  • Flowering & Fruiting: October-December

  • Parts used: Bark and flower
  • Properties & Uses: The bark is used to produce a herbal mix for hair wash to kill headlice. The decoction of the bark is used to get relief from body pain. Flowers are used in menstrual disorders.
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk,
  • Traditional Uses:Fresh bark is crushed and mixed with water and used for hair wash to kill head lice.
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